Being diagnosed with cancer often results in a flood of emotions and concerns. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to dealing with this kind of news, there are things you can do to ease your senior loved one’s fears after a cancer diagnosis to shift the focus to positive, productive goals moving forward.
1. Get Contact Info
You and your loved one may not be thinking clearly enough to ask all the questions you need to ask immediately after hearing the news. Make a list of questions when you have a chance to take a deep breath and schedule an appointment specifically to go through these questions.
2. Do Some Research
There’s usually no urgency to decide on treatment options. Take time to research the type of cancer your loved one has and what possible treatments are available. This might even include clinical trials and holistic methods.
3. Share Your Feelings
Express your thoughts and feelings to family members and friends. If you don’t feel comfortable with that, keep a diary.
4. Put Together a Go-To Team
Your loved one will need at least one pillar of emotional support and a few others to help with practical things like transportation to appointments and doing research into treatment possibilities. Separating emotional and practical responsibilities can make it easier to manage your loved one’s needs, and you might find hiring an El Dorado County caregiver is the best choice for your loved one.
5. Consider Self-Management Options
Whether it’s getting a second opinion or considering alternative therapies, there are many ways your loved one can take control of his or her situation. Finding ways to help your loved one feel in charge of his or her treatment process will help him or her stay focused on positive outcomes and prevent feelings of helplessness or defeat.
It’s going to be better for your loved one’s overall health to stay as calm as possible. Consider setting aside time specifically to relax and unwind and encourage him or her to find comfort in friends and family and to maintain his or her health beyond the cancer.
Many seniors find it increasingly difficult to manage the activities of daily living on their own as their treatment progresses. If your loved one could use additional help, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of senior care El Dorado County families trust. To learn more, give us a call at (916) 358-3801 today and schedule a free in-home consultation.